2012’s top tech might be obsoleted in 2013?

We all know that technology has been advancing at a rapid rate, so fast that the rate of new technology has more than quadrupled over the past couple of years. So fast that some technology tends to die out even a couple of months after it’s inception. So which of these many new technologies have I presumed to be doomed by next year? The portable charger of course!

A year ago, portable chargers were nothing, they were unheard of. Now, everywhere you turn, you’re bound to see a couple. Five in ten of the people in my school have them now; every restaurant, coffee shop, mall and even somewhere like the golf course I see people walking around with those bulky things hooked up to their phone. The main reason of this is, the hardware in smartphones is advancing rapidly, but the batteries aren’t. My blackberry 9360 couldn’t get more than 4 hours maximum on a single charge, thus making it essential for people to have portable chargers. In less than a year, portable chargers have become the norm, they’ve become the most rapidly growing technology that doesn’t classify as a daily driver. Therefore my question arises, what next?

Many people speculate that 2013 will be the year of the extreme batteries, with battery technology expected to advance and with new technologies predicted to be announced at CES in a couple of weeks, does that mean that all these companies that manufacture power packs are going to be going out of business? I’m not sure about that.

While I do believe that power packs are going to be redundant by the year 2013, there’s a large probability that the companies responsible for making portable chargers will be the same companies that invent some sort of technology that will dawn as the new age of batteries. However, what this means for the world of technology is that the market is fluctuating right now and that nothing can prove to be stable. What’s booming this year could just be ancient tech next year, which is why I feel that to jump into the tech industry at a time like this has a very high payout, along with an equally high risk.

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Get a better Music Listening Experience

Hey there, how many of you love music but want to take your music listening experience to a whole new level? or are you just sick of listening to low quality BS and don’t know how to go beyond that? well you’ve come to the right place, cause I’m here to give you tips on getting a truly snazzy audio listening experience.

1. Quality is crucial!!

Where do you download your music from? do you use mp3’s? The main ingredient to good audio lies in the bit-rate. That is the speed at which the song is transfered from your audio player to your oh so lovely ears. Also, the file format and compression rate plays an essential role. For example,  songs downloaded from youtube have a bitrate of 64kbps and are 94%compressed. this is terrible. Normal mp3’s downloaded of iTunes, Amazon, mp3skull, 4shared, etc. range from a bitrate of 192kbps to 320kbps and are 73& compressed. word of advice, if you’re going to use mp3’s, please use only 320kbps, below that just doesn’t feel good anymore. Now there are levels higher than mp3, which are lossless formats such as FLAC and Apple Lossless. FLAC(Free Lossless Audio Codec) and ALAC(Apple Lossless Audio Codec) have bitrate’s ranging from 700kbps to 2000kbps and have a compression rate of 37%! Amazing right? This lets us listen to the audio at blazing fast speeds, think of it as HD MUSIC. It’s kind of hard to find FLAC and ALAC files on the regular site’s but you can check out less legal sites to download them such as thepiratebay.se or other torrent sites.

If you’re going to be listening to flac on you’re ipod or iphone, you’re going to have to convert it to apple lossless (alac) first but thats simple and can be done with the help of software called “dBpoweramp”. If you’re going to be listening to flac on a PC, my favorite music player is winamp or winamp pro, it gives you detailed info on the songs including bitrate and also imports you’re existing itunes music library and syncs with ipods!! huzzah! I don’t use a mac but as far as I know Fildellia or vox.app are great for playing flac files.

2. Hardware Matters too!

It’s not just the software you have to pay attention to, it’s also what you listen to the songs on that matters! First and foremost, invest in a decent pair of headphones! Don’t cheap out and please for the love of God don’t use the stock apple earphones, and beats! for more detailed information on headphones check out headphonemecca.com it’s an easy to use site that has a list of headphones depending on your budget! But it’ not just the headphones you know. Headphones require a certain amount of energy or power in order to run great and today’s generation of tech does not have the capability to run these headphones properly so sound quality will be lost and you’ll get sort of a hissing noise at the back, this is known as distortion. But alas! there is a way to fix this via the help of amplifiers! Amps  are connected to your ipod/iphone/mp3player/pc to boost the power. There are a variety of amps available  both portable and desktop. Portable’s have a li-on battery in them so you can charge them for on the go use. I personally use the Fiio E6 but if you have the cash to blow definitely go with the digizoid zo2. You can also go for the Rocoo-P from HiSound Audio which is an mp3 player with a built in class A amp. Desktop amps use USB port connection and are of a higher quality as compared to portables. You can also add on a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to maximize the awesomeness. There are many good desktop amps so you’re gonna have to do some research if you’re willing to get one, but you can also get the HiFiMan EF2A which is a DAC/AMP, so it’s 2 in 1.

And With that we reach the conclusion to our guide to better music, so thanks for reading folks and let’s hope your audio set-up, gets snazzed!